In burnished, driving prose, John Keegan chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-day to the liberation of Paris. At the same time, he furthers his exploration of the “role which warfare and its institutions play in social life” by showing how each of the six armies, while resembling one another in purpose and authority, is a mirror of its own nation’s values. Each army is shown at successive stages of the invasion in a battle sequence testing them to the utmost: the Americans in their terrifying night drop on the eve of landings, the Canadians at the Omaha beachhead, the English savagely fighting their way inland, the Germans in their surprisingly strong resistance, the Poles in exile desperately blocking the German escape route, and the French at last liberating their City of Light. This extraordinary book is a shining addition to the dramatic literature of men at war.
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Keegan begins with a wide perspective of the D-Day invasion from the view of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. He then gets myopic and gives you the perspective of the GI in the field, with hand to hand fighting. This is a great book, you can see, hear, smell and taste the battle field.
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I truly enjoyed the work put into this book. It was as I was at a card game, and I could see all the players hands.
One minute you see what the Americans came with, then I could see on the opposite line what the Germans had. I give the book my hightest mark. As a former US Army soldier stationed in West Berlin during Soviet occupation.
I will listen to this many times. Thank you 2/6 Inf Berlin Brigade
SIX ARMIES OF NORMANDY
THE NARRATOR, JOHN KEEGAN SEEMS MORE INTERESTED IN IMPRESSING YOU WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE AND USE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE THAN HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE NORMANDY INVASION. ALTHOUGH HE IS APPEARENTLY VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE EVENTS WHICH TOOK PLACE, HE SEEMS TOO FAMILIAR WHICH LEAVES ME WONDERING," HOW COULD HE KNOW WHAT SOME AIRBORN SGT, STANGING BY TO JUMP OUT OF A C-130
BEHIND ENEMY LINES IS THINKING ?". VERY BOOOORING. NOT UNLIKE A BRITISH SCHOOL MASTER LECTURING TO A HALL FULL OF UNINTERESTED STUDENTS. WAR STORIES II BY OLIVER NORTH IS VERY INTERESTING AND IN ALL FAIRNESS TO MR. JOHN KEEGAN, A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW...